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Perhaps the horse is the ultimate physical therapist. Their rhythmical and multidimensional movement influences the rider’s body in a manner that resembles the human gait, resulting in improved flexibility, balance, and core trunk strength, especially important for riders with disabilities. Additionally, the horse’s huge eyes, big bodies, and responsive nature induce unique bonds to develop between human and horse. Riders with cognitive, physical or sensory disabilities often display a dramatic increase in confidence and empathy. Controlling a large animal helps to empower people and enables them to connect on personal level providing substantial emotional support.
Because of the great strides that are achieved from the back of a horse, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship in McKinney, Texas was created. ManeGait, a Premier Accredited Center, was founded in 2007 by community leaders Bill and Priscilla Daring. This dynamic, non-profit charitable organization delivers high quality facilitated therapeutic riding to those who need it most – kids and adults, ages 2-60, with a wide range of physical, cognitive, sensory, and learning disabilities.
At ManeGait riders have taken their first steps, said their first words and give their first emotional connection, all because of the power of the horse. The families and volunteers take as much pride in these milestones as the riders do. ManeGait has become a place of hope, healing, accomplishments and firsts to many children and adults with disabilities, and has enabled the supportive surrounding community to take part in their progress.
ManeGait is located on a beautiful, rolling 14-acre site and serves riders from 16 different cities and towns. The community support has been outstanding, and the riders are assisted by more than 200 trained volunteers. Board and fundraising committees benefit from the help of an addition 150 volunteers.
The mission of ManeGait is that “children and adults with disabilities move beyond their boundaries through the healing power of the horse and the dedication of a professional, caring community.” ManeGait and the surrounding community has worked together to successfully carry out this mission.
All lessons are taught by NARHA, certified therapeutic riding instructors. Goals are set for each rider and the focus is on therapeutic value and skill progression. The ManeGait riders are becoming active in competition, taking the opportunity to showcase their skills, and be successful, often for the first time, in the competition arena. Many of the 95 weekly riders have represented ManeGait at Special Olympics, The Chisholm Challenge and the ManeGait All-Program Horse Show.
If you know someone who could benefit from ManeGait or wish to join us in improving the lives of North Texans, please contact our office or visit us online. Your donation of time, money, or in kind gifts will directly benefit those who need it most.
Join In. Mount up. Ride Tall. To learn more, visit www.manegait.org
What are your favorite things about working at Wisteria?
I would have to say the wonderful bunch of smart people I work for as well as my fellow co-workers and of course the great little outlet that is just a few steps away from my desk!
What is one thing about you people probably don’t know?
I am a CLEAN FREAK!
What is your favorite place to visit?
My parent house
What is the one place in the world you’ve never been but would love to go?
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m known for:
My power walking.
What is your favorite Wisteria item?
w1377 Vintage Chinese Butcher’s Table
What is your most treasured item?
My wonderful, lively grandmother
How many/what languages do you speak?
Spanish and English
My one indulgence is:
Craziest food ever eaten:
cows tongue – DELISH!
Favorite spot in my house:
cheese and onion enchiladas
The USO (United Service Organizations) adapts to meet the ever-changing needs of our troops, especially those who need us most: troops who are deployed and their families at home, our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen. We are a nonprofit, non-partisan, non-political organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support our programs and services. The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
More than 150 USO centers exist around the world to provide a home away from home for our troops. In addition, we take our special brand of “home” to troops serving far from home by delivering USO programs and services to remote locations. Whether helping a soldier with a connecting flight, distributing care packages, providing information, or welcoming troops home from deployment, volunteers are vital to the success of the USO’s mission. Clearly, the USO is powered by passion. And the USO continues its legendary entertainment tours with hundreds of performances by leading celebrities to thousands of troops all over the world. Financially, we are powered by donations. One of the great misconceptions is the assumption that the USO is part of the government; it is not. The USO depends on the generosity of the American people.
To find out how you can help, visit us at uso.org.
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This month, we’re featuring a special friend of Wisteria Ryan Beckwith. He’s a former Sports Performance/Track and Field Coach who has decided to pursue his dream of becoming an Olympic decathlete at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He wants to inspire the students he coaches by pursuing his own dreams.
We’re excited about his goal to compete in the Olympics as well as all he does to give back to the community. He participates in On Your Mark, a program with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ryan trains at the College of San Mateo. Wisteria is proud to donate to the College of San Mateo Track and Field Trust Fund to help support Ryan Beckwith and other athletes.
For more information about Ryan Beckwith and his endeavors, please visit www.ryanbeckwith.com.